framed actual-size photographic prints of the maps were unveiled.The
Aldington map was unveiled by Robin Whittaker,(pictured above right) Archives Manager for
Worcestershire Record Office. In his speech, Robin said that he was delighted to be asked by
Badsey Society (a society which he knew from experience to be very active and innovative) to unveil the map.
It was the first time he had been asked to unveil anything and he would attempt to do it with as much dignity as possible!
Robin then, as keeper of the original Aldington map, formally handed the framed copy over to Yvette Jackson,
(pictured right) Vice-Chair of Badsey
Remembrance Hall Committee.
Yvette, in her speech of acceptance, said that she was
pleased to have been invited to the launch to accept the map. She reminded people that an important anniversary for the
Remembrance Hall is coming up next year – 50 years since its
opening - and that history is not just about buildings that have been around for hundreds of years, but also about events
that have happened in living memory.
The new vicar of Badsey with Aldington, the Reverend Richard
Court, (pictured right) unveiled the Badsey map. Richard said that as a person who had been in post for only
three weeks, he was honoured to be asked to unveil a 200-year-old
map. The church has a vital role to play in the community and he was pleased that the map
will in due course be on public display in the church. There will be a slight delay whilst all the necessary
formalities are sorted.
the formal proceedings had concluded, people dispersed to view the
exhibition, the display boards for which had been very well put
together by Richard Phillips. There
was also a display of historical deeds which had nearly been lost to
the bonfire or skip in recent years, but had fortunately been
preserved. They add significantly to the Society’s understanding of various buildings
which featured on the maps of 200 years ago.
audience was also keen to get a closer look at the maps. Local artist, Michael Barnard,(pictured right pointing at
map) cast his professional eye over the Badsey map and was suitably
impressed by the high quality of workmanship.